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No Explanation from Schwarzenegger on Opposition to Pro Small Business Bill

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd Chapman

On May 4th I issued a press release and a Huffington Post blog titled "Schwarzenegger Won't Back Bill to Bring Jobs and Contracts to California." I wa...

How the Middle Class Died of Consumption

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Who will comprise the Middle Class in the future? Will there even be a Middle Class? Most likely not one as robust as what we became accustomed to in the three decades after World War II.

What Would Art Vandelay Do?

Ed Gerwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ed Gerwin

Mobilizing our entire government in support of U.S. exports -- from cabinet officers, embassy officials, ambassadors and the President himself -- will help our companies and workers compete.

Arianna On 'Real Time': The Middle Class Is Crumbling

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Arianna weighed in on the state of the American middle class Friday during an appearance on "Real Time With Bill Maher." Andrew Ross Sorkin was also a...

Kidney Cancer, Medical Bills Force Washington Man Into Homelessness

HuffPost | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

As part of our Bearing Witness 2.0 project, the Huffington Post is rounding up local stories of formerly middle-class families who are now struggling ...

Your Unpaid Internship Ate My Social Mobility

Noah Baron | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Noah Baron

The unpaid internship problem effects all but the most wealthy. The costs involved in an internship, for many of us, are simply too great.

Doing More, Hiring Less

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

Today's employment numbers, which were flat in February, meld well with yesterday's productivity numbers. We are seeing firms doing more and more without increasing hours and headcounts.

Democrats: Harness the Rhetoric of the Tea Baggers for States' Rights If You Want to Pass Health Care Reform

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Obama made a bold move engaging conservative senators on state-run health care. If he keeps this up he may win big time, installing a "hybrid" of federal and state-run solutions for health care reform.

Creating Jobs Now

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

We need to identify targeted actions Congress can take to spark an immediate increase in jobs. The $15 billion job creation legislation passed by the Senate this week is a good first step.

$250,000 A Year Is Not Middle Class Anywhere In America

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Media voices perpetuate these myths of the impoverished wealthy, in part, because many media voices are themselves wealthy -- and there's no more powerful class solidarity than that which exists among the rich.

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama Announces 'Modest' Foreclosure-Prevention Initiative | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In what senior administration officials repeatedly stressed as a "modest" effort, President Barack Obama announced a $1.5 billion initiative to help f...

Laura Bassett

Rattlesnake For Breakfast, Wedding Rings On Craigslist: Families Cope With Falling Out Of The Middle Class | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

As part of our Bearing Witness 2.0 project, the Huffington Post is rounding up local stories of formerly middle-class families who are now struggling ...

The Fire Next Time: IRS Plane Assault Hints of Things to Come

Richard M. Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard M. Benjamin

Deplorable though he might be, Joe Stack is not quite a "random bad apple." We ignore his screed, suicide, and crime at our own risk.

Five Alternative Resentment Options for the White, Mad Hatters

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

In the category of "duh" but still incredibly valuable for being said -- and well-said at that -- is Rich Benjamin's recent article on AlterNet "White...

Elizabeth Warren and Goliath

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Wallis

As Elizabeth Warren, a good Methodist, warns: The banks are trying everything they can think of to kill financial reform. And we must not let them do that.

Why the NLRB Matters: Becker Filibuster a Slap to the Middle Class

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

True, most Americans have no idea what the National Labor Relations Board is or what it does. But if we don't know we've been slapped, we feel the sting nonetheless.

Sarah Palin Plays Chess

Joan Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Williams

Sarah Palin is playing chess. I don't know what game the Administration is playing, but they just walked right into her carefully laid trap. Palin, the strategist, is amazing to watch.

Justice Department Pays Legal Fees To American Small Business League

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The U.S. Department of Justice has been forced to pay the legal fees incurred by the American Small Business League (ASBL), after the ASBL substantial...

The Three Faces of Work-Family Conflict

Joan Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Williams

Median income of middle class Americans has fallen 13% since 1979 -- these families are overlooked government policies and academic studies.

The American Nightmare

Rob Fishman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Fishman

Of all the misdeeds carried out on the southern tip of Manhattan over the last decade, perhaps Wall Street's greatest fraud was to arrogate the very meaning of the American Dream.

Credit Card Or Mortgage: Consumers | Vincent Fernando | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Credit history company TransUnion has found that Americans are shifting their priorities when it comes to paying down debt. Consumers are paying down...

Your Mailman Didn't Make the Economy Collapse

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Amy Traub

Rather than being outraged that a public employee earns a living wage, we should ask why more private sector workers don't.

Restoring the Right to Form Unions and Bargain Collectively

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff

America's broad, deep Middle Class, indeed, the American Dream was formed in the 20-25 years after the passage of the Wagner Act in 1935 which codifie...

Public Health Care Spending To EXCEED Private Insurance Spending In 2011

Wall Street Journal | PETER LANDERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

For the first time, government programs next year will account for more than half of all U.S. health-care spending, federal actuaries predict, as the ...

Not Just Numbers: The President's Budget and Real Life

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

The President's budget came out on Monday. I've been awash in the fine print for a couple of days, and what's starting to emerge out of all the pages...